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Mendon nursery grows rare and unusual hosta

By Magda Dakin

If you’re a garden aficionado you know the value of a well-placed hosta and how important they can be in making your shade garden a success. But sometimes gardeners get tired of the usual varieties of hosta and want something a little different. That goal can be achieved at this year’s exciting one-day open house days at Fourth Generation Nursery in Mendon, the premiere wholesaler of hosta and water gardenin... Read More

Five Guys opens its doors in Sutton

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

On Monday, April 25th, the town of Sutton welcomed Five Guys with a bright red Grand Opening that spelled FUN.

Burgers sizzled behind a row of red-dressed employees who appeared to take on their first day of work with optimism and a professional attitude.  Music that “we all grew up with” played, dating the old folks, while adding to the energetic spirit of the youthful empl... Read More

Between a ʽRock’dale and a hard place

By Rod Lee

Drop into Skip’s Barber Shop on Beane’s Lane in Northbridge for a haircut (careful of the step, up and down, and the door, which sticks). Ask Norman L. Blood Jr. what the “business climate” is like in the neighborhood. He will frame his response in a way that is appropriate to the question.

One would expect nothing less from a man who is as meticulous with his words as he is with a pair of scissors or ele... Read More

Valley Friendship Tour: fun together for important goals

by Christine Galeone

Have you ever had a goal that required energy, training and endurance? Facing such a challenge can be exciting and rewarding. But reaching that goal alongside friends, family and neighbors can be even more satisfying.

That’s just one of the reasons the Valley Friendship Tour has thrived for so many years.  Saturday, June 4, the “fun day for a great cause” will return to the Blackstone Valley for... Read More

WDO Chamber to award $5000 in scholarships

The Webster Dudley Oxford Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the following students as scholarship recipients for 2016:

$1,000 Academic Scholarships:  Shayna Kubilu, Bartlett Jr./Sr. High School; Brooke Gordon, Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School; Victoria Parr, Oxford High School; Michaela White, Shepherd Hill Regional High School.

$1,000 Chamber Member Philip L. Hopk... Read More

WCC Food Truck Festival is June 11

The second Annual Wooed By The Food event promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event, when 2500 attendees spent the day sampling a wide variety of food from popular food truck vendors. Most of them will be back for this year’s event on June 11, along with many more. 

The Whitin Community Center’s food truck festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the center’s beautiful 7.5 acre Whitin Par... Read More

Chevere is in the hunt for handbags

By Rod Lee

That her Chevere shop on North Main St. in Uxbridge is “more than just beads” is evidenced by Pat DeVries’ annual drive to collect gently-used pocketbooks for Dress for Success. Last year, Ms. DeVries said, “customers brought in 256 handbags. This year my goal is 275, to donate to Dress for Success at the end of June.” With “new arrivals in apparel,” jewelry, gifts, unique clothing and trunk sal... Read More

Food, spirits—and spirits—abound at Waterfront Mary’s

By Thomas D’Agostino

In Part 1 of this two-part story, I gave a little history of how the illustrious Mary Dow, Las Vegas waitress turned restaurant owner and her partner Russell “Magoo” McGeary ran Waterfront Mary’s on Webster Lake for several decades until they both passed within five days of each other in December of 2003. Tracy Lis, former college and pro basketball star then took the keys to the establishment, but she... Read More

Webster Fire to Have Rescue Boat on Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg for 2016 Season

WEBSTER -- Residents and visitors to Webster Lake will have one more reason to feel safe on the water this summer:  A new rescue boat owned by Webster Fire Rescue. 

The boat is a Silver Ships Ambar 22-foot rescue boat.  Originally designed as an ocean vessel, it will be equipped with both rescue equipment and a fire pump, enabling the crew to help individuals who may find themselves in trouble while enjoying all Webster La... Read More

C & S Lumber – a three-generation family business thrives

By Magda Dakin

When Roseanne Morin’s father, Joseph Cataldo, opened his lumber business in 1952 he built it right behind the family farmstead, perched on a hill in Millbury. It was a great location then and it still is, conveniently located on Route #122, close to Route 146, and hard to miss when you know where to look. From the parking lot and office windows you can see the surrounding hills, encompassing many of the acre... Read More